20 Years

Where Are They Now?

Eleanor

Eleanor

What are your memories of Hopes and Dreams?
“I have vivid memories of keeping caterpillars through their metamorphosis until they were butterflies, at which point we let them go in the park. I also remember a lot of the activities that we did on a daily basis involving paint, water, sponges, pipettes, and shredded paper.”

Do you remember any of your Nursery school Teacher?
“I do remember quite a few actually! Although I must have been about three, I still remember teachers such as Taren and /Mehtab/, although my recollection of them does not extend much beyond the understanding that they were caring teachers.”

Did you keep in touch with any of your class friends from Hopes and Dreams?
“I have only consistently kept in touch with one friend, Shimon, with whom I continue to go on holiday yearly. I have more recently reconnected with many others, who I now have mutual friends with, such as Felix, Giada, and Lael. Furthermore, I ended up in a class with Mathilda at secondary school, despite not having known her well at Hopes and Dreams.”

Is there any main factor of your time at Hopes and Dreams that has always stayed with you?
“My mind only presents me with memories in which there are no teachers instructing or controlling the children, creating a sense that I had a great amount of freedom at nursery, and that we were encouraged to lead our own play.”

Which schools did you go on to since you left Hopes and Dreams?
“Hill House International Junior School and City of London School for Girls”

Where and what are you doing now?
“I am currently studying French and Linguistics at New College, University of Oxford”

What are your ambitions (hopes and dreams) for your future aims and goals?
“I hope to make it to the end of my degree and to succeed in my chosen career path(s), although beyond that I’m afraid I myself do not have a clear or concrete idea of my future aims.”

Eleanor x

 

“My daughter, Ellie, started at Hopes and Dreams when she was five months old and stayed until she went to school. She is now 19 and at university!

From the very first day, I was impressed by the kindness and professionalism of the staff and felt so confident returning to work knowing that Ellie was being cared for in such a warm and well-organised environment. Ellie absolutely loved her time at the nursery, graduating through all of the rooms and learning a huge amount. She arrived at school very well prepared for the next big step and Hopes and Dreams also went on to find us two fabulous nannies through the Nanny and Babysitting Agency.

I have many happy memories of the nursery – action-packed summer outings, amazing Christmas plays and lots and lots of small, fun-filled day-to-day moments. Most of all, I remember a place with a wonderful positive ethos and a fantastic team.

I am delighted that Hopes and Dreams continues to go from strength to strength. Happy 21stbirthday!”

Gillian (Eleanor’s mum)

Andrew and Charlotte

Andrew and Charlotte

“Both our kids went to Hopes and Dreams from when they were babies until leaving for school. We must have walked past the coloured bollards outside dropping and collecting kids for almost eight years! We still smile when we go past it. Being so young at the time, the kids don’t remember much from their time at nursery with clarity. What memories they do have are happy though, and we often talk about it when we pass. Andrew remembers the play area and breakfast and going to the park. Charlotte remembers the pictures of each child besides their pegs in the front room. As parents we remember the baby room, many early mornings helping the children with their breakfast (and chatting to other parents), collecting the kids at the end of the day and playing with them hearing what they had been doing that day. I also particularly remember coming in for their Christmas plays, which were very special occasions.

We first looked at Hope and Dreams because of its excellent reputation, its location, and because they could provide childcare hours that worked for us as working parents. We chose it because we strongly identified with the approach to childcare, and because the nursery had such a fun, loving and caring atmosphere about it. Our children both thrived in that environment during their early childhood. Every day was filled with attention and so many amazing activities which helped them develop in all sorts of ways – both as individuals and also acquiring new physical and mental skills.

After leaving Hopes and Dreams the kids moved on to St. Paul’s Cathedral School, where both are happy and doing very well. Having spent time at Hopes and Dreams, they found the transition to “big school” extremely easy. They started with a great foundation in reading, writing and learning skills, and adapted well to the classroom environment. The nursery also helped their social development from an early age, which was view very valuable. They’ve grown up a lot since then of course. Andrew enjoys art, science and sports, and is looking forward to going to boarding school soon. Charlotte still has a few years left before she moves on again. She loves reading and swimming and music, and has developed a very dry sense of humour!

We’re still in touch with a few of the kids’ former classmates; some moved on the same school, but one of Andrew’s friends who we see from time to time now lives in Somerset. It was also a great place to meet other local parents and kids, and there are a few acquaintances that we know from nursery and bump into from time to time. We also remember a few of the staff and key-workers. Andrew’s first key worker was Cara, but he also had a soft spot for Sena if I remember correctly; we remember Arti (who looked after Andrew, and who we often used to see at breakfast), and also Jamie and Nimasha who used to look after Charlotte.”

Dave and Julia

Tom and Freya

Tom and Freya

“Tom and Freya both attended Hopes & Dreams from around 1 year of age until they went to primary school. We all have very fond memories of their time at Hopes & Dreams, and it was lovely to visit recently and see so many teachers and staff who are still there after all these years and who all – amazingly – still remembered Tom & Freya. For us, as parents, it was wonderful to find a nursery where we felt such confidence that our children would be happy and safe. For Tom & Freya, it was a time of great fun – they were always happy to go and often reluctant to leave, and loved the family atmosphere. Tom would like to stress that he still remembers Nora’s couscous and has never had such good food since.

Both Tom and Freya went on to The Gower School along with many of their Hopes & Dreams friends, and that bond is still there – Freya, now in Year 2, is still in cahoots with the same best friend after all these years. She loves athletics, maths and animals, and plans to become a vet.

Tom is now 11 and moving on to Highgate School in September. He has really enjoyed his whole school career so far and I am sure that is partly due to the strong foundations at Hopes & Dreams. He was especially proud to be made school Sports Captain this year and is a very keen footballer both at school and with his local team.

Congratulations on your 21st anniversary and thank you for giving Tom and Freya such a great start.”

Abigail and Nick

Isabella, James and Sofia

Isabella, James and Sofia

“Both we and our children have very fond memories of Hopes and Dreams. It has been such a formative, important and very happy time in their and our lives.

Regarding teachers’ names, I remember only a few, sorry I am not very good with names… I remember Kasha, Lexi, Denise….but what I definitely remember is the endless amount of hugs and smiles and laughter and love coming from the staff there.

Isabella, James and Sofia are still in contact with quite a few other ex Hopes and Dreams pupils, especially those who went to The Gower School, the school which all my children attended and still do.

James is in year 6 starting secondary in September, Sofia in year 2 and Isabella is in year 8 now at City of London School for Girls.

The transition to The Gower School was very easy for our children as TGS is a Montessori primary but also because the teachers at Hopes and Dreams have definitely played an important part in the settling in process.

Our children were so happy to go to nursery every single day and they never had a bad day there! And that consequently made us very happy and at peace never doubting that our children were in great hands.

I have highly recommended Hopes and Dreams to all the parents whom asked me about it and I will continue to do so.”

Marilisa and Simon

Inés

Inés

Did you enjoy your experience wat Hopes and Dreams?
“100%!!!!”

What are your memories of Hopes and Dreams?
“The many walks. The discovery lessons (“Letting the butterflies go”). The food!
The carrot cake for the children’s birthday (yummy!!!!)”

Who were your teachers at the Nursery School?
“Lisa, Nimasha”

Are you still in contact with any former class friends from Hopes and Dreams? If so who?
“Yes, Hector, Charlotte, Cian, Freddy.
Our meeting mummies still meet for dinner and they are planning a reunion party for us in the summer.”

Is there any main factor of your time at Hopes and Dreams that has always stayed with you?
Mummy: “The happy, stimulating environment with teachers committed to inspiring growth and a love of learning. The journey books are still an invaluable treasure.”
Inés: “The many visitors- a basketball player who showed us tricks, the Olympic torch, Father Christmas! The finger painting!”

What other education establishments have you attended since leaving Hopes and Dreams?
“Hill House (reception and year 1) and then Newton Prep”

Did your teaching at Hopes and Dreams aid your transition to your next school?
“Definitely. I had something to say about everything and my art was the best!!!!”

What are you doing now?
“Year 5”

What are your ambitions (hopes and dreams), aims and goals for your future?
“To be a champion fencer (I won my first British Gold Medal last week!)
To create great art
To be a successful lawyer or banker or I may follow my mummy into medicine.”

Inés

Emelia and Owen

Emelia and Owen

Did you enjoy your experience at Hopes and Dreams?
“We always remember our time at Hopes and Dreams with such happy memories. When we moved back to Australia, I was sad to leave and sad that Owen didn’t get to experience as long at Hopes and Dreams as Emelia had. The carers were amazing and their love and affection for the children was visible in every interaction. Owen and Emelia may not remember the details, but Emelia certainly remembers her happiness there and Anthony and I were so appreciative that our children had the opportunity to spend their early years of their childhood in such a nurturing and wonderful environment.”

What are your memories of Hopes and Dreams?
“Walking around the sun on birthdays, French lessons, Christmas plays, face painting, Mother’s and Father’s Day

Who were your teachers at the Nursery School?
“Agnes, Nimasha, Magda and others”

Are you still in contact with any former class friends from Hopes and Dreams? If so who?
“We moved to Australia and sadly lost touch with former class friends.”

Is there any main factor of your time at Hopes and Dreams that has always stayed with you?
“The independence fostered at Hopes and Dreams as well as the curiosity of learning about the world around them.”

What other education establishments have you attended since leaving Hopes and Dreams?
“Emelia started primary school in Australia after Hopes and Dreams; Owen (who left Hopes and Dreams at 18 months old when we returned to Australia) attended preschool in Australia before starting primary school.”

Did your teaching at Hopes and Dreams aid your transition to your next school?
“Definitely, Emelia benefited from her experience at Hopes and Dreams. She moved internationally and started a new school and adapted easily and with confidence in herself.”

What are you doing now?
“Emelia is in Year 5 at her primary school, she is a “Buddy” to a kindergarten student, plays the flute and really enjoys learning and still studies French outside of school. She loves dancing and hopes to be an astronomer when she grows up.
Owen is in Year 2 at the same primary school. He is very social, with a great sense of humour and gets on well with everyone he meets. He loves sport and plays a number of different sports each season.”

What are your ambitions (hopes and dreams), aims and goals for your future?
“We hope that our children can use the great start that Hopes and Dreams gave them to grow into caring, self-confident young adults.”

Aeron

Kian

Kian

Did you enjoy your experience at Hopes and Dreams?
“Yes! We all have very warm and happy emotions linked to the nursery. … and every time we drive by with the bus!”

What are your memories of Hopes and Dreams?
“Kian remembers going often with his friends to the park and playing outside. We loved the welcoming environment when we dropped him and picked him up. It was so obvious at pick up times that our son had yet another wonderful day at nursery.”

Who were your teachers at the Nursery School?
“Rainbow Room: We remember of course, Yesi, Madga, Denisa, Joanna and Vesna.
Before that, Jamie stays strongly in our memory as she also babysat Kian at our home through the H&D agency. But there are many other smiling faces we remember and recognise although names have left us, who were part of your wonderful staff.”

Are you still in contact with any former class friends from Hopes and Dreams? If so who?
“YES. A number of Kian’s year group joined the same primary school (the Gower School), and they all feel after 4 years still a strong bond of connection as they know each other for sooooooo long:
Luella, Osian, Jei, Freya, Amika and Kian, Benoit and Adria. One of Kian’s close friends from H&D is also Manu and then there are Regi and Cora, as well as Rufus and Romi. There are a number of other children we know from school, see at football, in the park or on parties that put a smile on Kian’ face and bring happy memories back. We are regularly introduced to others with the common link being alumni of Hopes and Dreams.”

Is there any main factor of your time at Hopes and Dreams that has always stayed with you?
“We never had unfulfilled expectations or worries or felt anything was missing or lacking. There were peace, happiness and heartfelt care that made us trust your team at the nursery fully.”

What other education establishments have you attended since leaving Hopes and Dreams?
“Stayed all our nursery time at H&D without any wish to change and then moved on to primary school (the Gower School) to follow the Montessori ethos.”

Did the teaching at Hopes and Dreams aid your transition to your next school?
“Yes, definitely!”

What are you doing now?
“Kian is now in year 3 at the Gower school. We expect him to continue until he is 11 and ready for secondary school. It feels a long time away and Kian and we just enjoy our current time.”

What are your ambitions (hopes and dreams), aims and goals for your future?
“We would like Kian to become a warm, compassionate, independent, curious and valued member of our society who is likeable and likes being with people from all walks of life. We wish him a balanced, positive outlook on life, yet a critical view, seeking to make a meaningful contribution to our world.

We also would like to add, that, if we had to rewind time we would go certainly again with H&D and are so glad our son had a wonderful time at the nursery during the precious early years of his life.”

John and Tanja and Master Kian

Julie

Julie

“We couldn’t be happier to have chosen Hopes and Dream for our daughter to start her educational journey. Great foundations were laid during those first years. Hopes and Dreams is nurturing while encouraging the children to experiment and develop their own interests as well as becoming independent and confident. Our best indicator was how happy Julie was to go to nursery in the morning and the big smile she had when we would go to collect her. She is now a happy 8 years old and thriving in year 3.  Moving up to school was very easygoing regarding both social settling and learning subjects. She had learned already a lot of different subjects at Hopes and Dreams specially Maths and English that allowed her to start school knowing how to read small words, being able to write her own name and some other small words as well as having a consolidated knowledge of the so important first basis of Maths, that put her immediately on the top of her class. What is best is that all this is taught at each child rhythm. Extremely important as well is the teaching of life skills like pouring their own water, transferring objects and so on allowing independence and confidence when moving on to school.

On the top of the excellent teaching, the infrastructure is great, the food is good, nutritious and varied, it has extraordinary cleaning standards, great security in place and last but extremely important is the fantastic communication between parents nursery.

Julie has very fond memories of Hopes and Dreams and asks often if she can visit, that says it all.”

Teresa and Vincent

Taran and Manisha

Did you enjoy your experience wat Hopes and Dreams?
“Taran and Manisha had a brilliant time at Hopes and Dreams. They made great friends with some of the teachers and other children who were from all sorts of backgrounds.”

What are your memories of Hopes and Dreams?
“Making good friends – some of which Taran still sees regularly almost 10 years on. Playing in the garden for Manisha and cuddles from the team.”

Who were your teachers at the Nursery School?
“People like Denisa, Mehtab, Zlatka and the kids also have fond memories of Lek.”

Are you still in contact with any former class friends from Hopes and Dreams? If so who?
“Taran still sees Kalan and Tristan. We go away together every year and they do sleepovers together.”

Is there any main factor of your time at Hopes and Dreams that has always stayed with you?
“It was such a strong foundation to learn about becoming independent and confident. That early start haas stayed with Taran and Manisha ever since.”

What other education establishments have you attended since leaving Hopes and Dreams?
“Manisha is now at The Lyceum School in year 1. Taran was at The Lyceum School after nursery, got several offers and scholarships and is now attending Alleyn’s in Dulwich studying in year 8.”

Did your teaching at Hopes and Dreams aid your transition to your next school?
“Absolutely. The confidence built up in the children combined with the love of learning made transitioning so easy.”

What are you doing now?
“Taran is in year 8 at secondary school. He plays lots of sport and several musical instruments. He represents his class in many activities as well. Manisha is at The Lyceum in year 1 and is learning the piano, football and thriving in theatre club!”

What are your ambitions (hopes and dreams), aims and goals for your future?
“I’m not sure what Taran and Manisha would say but as a parent I want them to be happy and confident and the best person they can be. For us, the nursery was important in building that foundation and helping us learn about our children and in what environment they would thrive.”

Rita

Oral Hygiene Workshop

10th May 2019

Oral hygiene is very important for all children to be educated about. At Hopes and Dreams, we ensure that the children are aware of its importance. So we are very lucky to have the Happy Kids Dental Workshop team visit...

Healthy Body Happy Me!!

12th April 2019

🦷😁Healthy Body Happy Me!!😁🦷 Hopes and Dreams took part in this health and happiness campaign, and all children learnt about oral hygiene. It was a very interactive, informative and fun filled week!!🥰

Khmer Cambodian New Year

11th April 2019

Hopes and Dreams Celebrated the Khmer Cambodian New Year on Friday 5th April, alongside the Song Saa Island in Cambodia.😃The Children on the Song Saa Island had fun taking part in the same activities Hopes and Dreams children enjoyed on the...

Open Evening

26th March 2019

⭐️Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery school, hosted an open evening on Tuesday 26th March.⭐️ We welcomed many prospective parents and their children, who were treated to a guided tour around the Nursery School. The Senior staff and Management team were...

World Book Day

7th March 2019

📚World Book Day 📚 Across Hopes and Dreams, the children and the staff embraced today’s celebration and dressed up as their favourite book character.🤩🥰 It was a fun filled day!!🥳

St. David’s Day

1st March 2019

Welsh dragons and daffodils were the most popular symbols created and seen around Hopes and Dreams today, but the children also learnt about the history and traditions behind St. David’s Day. It was a very cultural and informative day. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Happy...

Visit of Mildred Talabi – ‘My Little Book of I Am’s’ author

8th February 2019

It was a great pleasure to welcome Mildred Talabi, author of the children’s book ‘My Little Book of I Am’s’, today at Hopes and Dreams. 💝⭐️ It was a very proud moment for the Snowdrops and Rainbow children to have the...

Happy Chinese New Year!

6th February 2019

🏮🎊🏮Happy Chinese New Year!!🏮🎊🏮 The start of the year of the Pig was celebrated across all rooms at Hopes and Dreams. From art and craft activities to dressing up and parent involvement to talk about the traditions and costumes for...

Celebrations with a bear

29th January 2019

Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School in Islington, London, is celebrating its special anniversary of 21 years since its opening in September 1997. On Friday 16 November, Cavendish Bear, Hopes and Dreams mascot, came early in the morning to greet the...

Hopes and Dreams Christmas celebrations 2018

14th December 2018

What an exciting week at Hopes and Dreams… Christmas parents events in every classroom. And then a very special visitor arrived… Father Christmas with our very own Cavendish Bear for a special visit. 🐻🎅 Ho! Ho! Ho!

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London
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